Our Tribute to the Soldiers of Passchendaele

Yesterday, the Commonwealth paid tribute to the fallen soldiers of Passchendaele on the centenary of the day the battle started. At the special ceremony held at Tyne Cot cemetery in Belgium, Prince Charles, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prime Minister Theresa May, lead the nationwide tributes to the 320,000 Allied forces lost during the 3 month long battle that ended in November 1917. The service saw poignant letters and stories read out of the soldiers who bravely fought, which brought home the true courage of all those who have served in the military back then and today.

Ascot Care and our incredible team members want to also reiterate the tribute to those lost during Passchendaele and add our own appreciation and gratitude by continuing to support military charities and helping military veterans in any way we can.

For several years now, we have been supporting and helping raise money for military charities, including 1820 Foundation who focus on helping ex-military personnel and their families financially, and Hire a Hero who help ex-military personnel move into employment, training, housing and care. Our ever popular Charity Golf Day is just one of the events we hold to raise awareness and funds and will be returning soon to Close House in Newcastle. 

We are very honoured to be fully committed to supporting The Armed Forces Covenant, a pledge from ourselves as a company and our team members within it to treat those who serve or have previously served in the military along with their families with fairness and respect. 

Recently, Ascot Care has begun work with two forces support officers and are helping them to get in touch with veterans born prior to 1950 (67 years of age and above) who may not know they are eligible to veteran badges, medal entitlement, as well as recognition and thanks. For their work in the military.

The support officers are also looking to help families to receive full-service records of loved ones who have previously served so they can celebrate and appreciate their courageous military careers.

Golfers Tee Off For Fourth Charity Golf Day

Our charity golf day was back and took centre stage last week on Friday 26th May, with golfing teams helping raise funds for military charities and dementia services.

This was our fourth annual golf day and was hosted in Newcastle at Close House in Heddon-on-the-Wall. 15 local golf teams joined for a good game across the 18 hole course, with picturesque views across River Tyne Valley. For the daring golfers, there was a prize of £10k, providing by us at Ascot Care, for anyone who could get a hole-in-one - but sadly, it wasn’t won. Maybe next time.

15 teams enjoyed the sunny weather at Close House in Heddon-on-the-Wall
Polo shirts, golf balls, corporate hospitality at a Newcastle Falcons game and of course, the Ascot Cup were all prizes to be won.

The winning team of the day consisted of Paul Mackings, Ritchie Thirkel and Daniel Heckles, who won British Master’s Polo shirts to wear on the course, a set of golf balls to match and corporate hospitality at a Newcastle Falcon’s game next season. Other competitions on the day were the ‘Longest Drive’ and ‘Nearest to the Pin’, both won by Paul Cooper who won a golf polo shirt and a set of golf balls. But the real winners of the day were the charities we were raising money for to support ex-military personnel and those suffering from dementia.

Paul Mackings, Ritchie Thirkel and Daniel Heckles were the winning team of the day
Paul Cooper won both the Longest Drive and Nearest to the Pin

One of these charities is 1820 Foundation, who are North East based and raise awareness for the ex-Armed Forces community through sports, endurance challenges, social functions and fun events. The funds raised support ex-military personnel. The charity have plenty of events coming up, including a Wine Tasting evening, Carry The Orphan Challenge and The Stretcher Carry coming next year.  These events are open to anyone and for further information visit www.1820foundation.com

We raised an amazing £3500 for 1820 Foundation and dementia charities
To celebrate, our team baked up a treat with a yummy cake

Due to the huge success of the previous Golf Days, we are planning on hosting our next golf day this September, and turning this day into a bi-annual event.
 
A very big congratulations goes out to all the winners of the Golf Day and to those who joined in and supported us.  We hope to see you all again in September.
 

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 13 November in 2016, is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

Ascot Care would just like to say a huge thank you to all our veterans and current soldiers. We wholeheartedly appreciate all you do for this country.

We support the efforts of all military charities and currently sponsor

The 1820 Foundation

The British Legion

International Charity Day

It's International Charity Day find out more about which charity Ascot Care supports below.

The Armed Forces community often face great isolation as well as huge changes on returning to civilian life. We are very proud to support local charity the 1820 Foundation and our aim at Ascot Care is to raise awareness and funds for this great cause. We believe that the Armed Forces community deserve the same opportunities as everyone else and the money we raise by continually supporting the 1820 Foundation helps many ex-military staff return to work as well as cope with other issues such as drug addiction, homelessness and isolation.

Over the years Ascot Care have helped to raise more than £20,000 for military charities. Our staff volunteer their own time and have organised bake sales, charity boxing nights and sports endurance events. All money we have raised goes towards fantastic charities that support ex-military staff return to civilian life as well as supporting families who may have lost loved ones. We participate in around thirty projects including raffles, auctions, rugby matches golf days and charity balls we look forward to continuing our support of the 1820 Foundation and its goals and aims.

For more information on the 1820 Foundation please visit their website: www.1820foundation.com
Email hollycummings@ascotcare.co.uk to join our mailing list and participate in future charity events.